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    Do you prefer the 1st or 2nd half of bowl better?

    For me I prefer the first half (or until the first relight which is about half way of the bowl) as to me I taste more the original tobacco taste as it should be. In the second half the ash and the humidity accumulating at the end of the bowl alter the taste not for the better. Yes, you can...
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    Tekin Meerschaum

    I have one small basket pipe. It smokes very well, only problem is that some pieces of the outside basket are falling down, it is not affecting the smoking but cosmetically it is starting to get ugly, not sure if it is a quality of the block or because they were engraved too small and tiny.
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    Tobacco goes out constantly; I relight; Ash comes out black.

    In addition to all above excellent suggestion one more tip. When tamping in addition to using the minimum pressure to not just push down but rotate the tamper so you you can move a little bit evenly the burning tobacco and every while move with the tamper the peripheral part of the tobacco...
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    Storage of Bouchons de Semois

    On a similar note how they do compared to the cut semois? I like very much the semois but I heard they are not that much different. In other words are they different enough to compel purchasing them other that for their unique format (which could be by itself a reason for trying them)?
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    Comparison Of New Vs Old Ennerdale Batch

    As I finished my old 2016 Ennerdale tin I opened yesterday the 500g Ennerdale box (production of February 2021) I purchased last September and kept in mylar since then. After reading the recent reviews claiming the new production was different with much less sauce I was worried that could be a...
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    Making Bowl Last Longer

    It is not possible to give a specific advice as there are too many variables in technique, which have been referred above, we don't know how are you playing them. My best word is this, being everything else equal try to use a blend stronger in taste/flavor (not necessary in nicotine strength)...
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    What Stems does Fikri Baki Use?

    Any stem to be perfect should be modeled with the pipe on hand so send it to a reputable repair shop as listed above. You will be disappointed if you'll buy a stem by yourself as it wont fit perfectly with the shape of the pipe. About the material I have a Baki pipe with cumberland stem which...
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    While mold can be easily detected at visual inspection, what we call plume cannot be ruled out to be mold unless laboratory analysis is done and I suspect most if not all plume is actually mold even if it does not mean it is unsmokable and actually can be a great smoke. Remember this is a...
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    Crazy Hygrometer or Boveda pack?

    I purchased a analog hygrometer. I was initially pleasantly surprised as with the salt test it read 24h later exactly 75% as expected. Then I tested it with a 65% rated Boveda pack and 24h later it read ... 80% which of course does not make any sense. So why it happened and who is the crazy...
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    Do Longer Stems help Taste?

    I never tried but there is the hookah which is basically pipe where the smoke is cooled passing through water. Don't know how much is actually cooling the smoke passing through the water.
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    Do Longer Stems help Taste?

    Cooling the smoke is your friend to get most of the flavor out of the tobacco. As said right level of humidity, correct packing and cadence of smoking are the most important factors to achieve it. About the pipe anything which is increasing the volume of the chamber where the smoke pass...
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    Greetings from Lebanon ??

    Welcome to the Forum. I know many Lebanese people from the local Church. Being from Italy we are very similar in culture and I want one to visit your country. From which part of Beirut are you and what kind of pipe tobacco and cigars are available there? I feel very sorry for all the troubles...
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    G&H Cherry Vanilla ?: Who Loves It?

    Is the GH cherry vanilla the same as the GH cherry cream or are two different blends?
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    Suggestions for Air Purifier (No Ozone)

    I understand you don't want ozone units but this is what I do. When smoking inside I am in a closed room with the (ozone) purifier on but with the ozone function off. When done I turn on the ozone function for about 30 min and leave the room (locked). Then I stop the purifier and I put a...
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    First Ever Smoke from a Meerschaum Pipe

    99% of the time I use now meer, morta and clay as they are the best to render the real taste of the baccy. When looking at morta you have to look at a reputable carver as morta quality is critical and if the material is not top notch it tastes like crap and as the material is harder and more...